Curiosities

August 22, 2014

The History of Print 0

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This week in book-related infographics: The History of Print.

August 22, 2014

Truth with a Dragon 0

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Jeff Vandermeer writes for the Los Angeles Times about autobiographical influence in fantasy and sci-fi and argues that “there’s little or no difference in process or results compared to “normal” fiction, except that sometimes you end up with a dragon in your story and sometimes you don’t.” Pair with Alex Trivilino‘s account of “binge-reading” Vandermeer’s […]

August 22, 2014

The Reality of Slang 0

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“What makes a word ‘real’?” Should groan-inducing words like “adorkable” be counted? Anne Curzan, language historian, gives a Ted talk about the human element in dictionaries and the importance of slang.

August 22, 2014

Mocha Dick 0

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The (mostly) true story behind Moby-Dick gets the picture-book treatment in Mocha Dick: The Legend and the Fury.

August 22, 2014

“A Native Son” in Ferguson 0

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“It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of “a lit match in a tin of gasoline.” No, this is not Ferguson, MO.” Laila Lalami reports for NPR on rereading James Baldwin‘s Notes of a Native Son in the context of Ferguson. Pair […]

August 21, 2014

George and Robin 0

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Our own Elizabeth Minkel has been posting sights and quotations from a recent George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb event in London. You can check out her coverage over on Tumblr.

August 21, 2014

Sister Golden Hair Excerpt 0

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There’s an excerpt from Darcey Steinke’s forthcoming novel, Sister Golden Hair, over at Granta right now. In our Great Book Preview, Emily St. John Mandel wrote that Steinke’s novel focuses on a family “on the brink of collapse” in early-70’s Virginia.

August 21, 2014

“Hauntedness is a feeling.” 0

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Wyvern is publishing a “Haunted” theme issue just in time for Halloween this year, and you have until mid-September to submit your work. “Haunting is in your bones,” Wyvern’s editors write. “You know it when you feel it, and you know it when you write it. That is what we’re looking for.”

August 21, 2014

“If I wasn’t such a deadbeat, I’d learn Greek.” 0

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Recommended Reading: “Ode to Country Music” by Sandra Simonds.

August 20, 2014

Agent of Chaos 0

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Recommended Reading: Daniel Marc Janes on the fictional namesakes of London’s mayor.